How Can I Stop My Child Sleepwalking?
Our child psychologist helps with this night-time problem
By Ian Wallace
Child psychologist / October 31 2017
Q. My daughter has begun sleepwalking at night, our house is toddler-proof but should I be worried? What can trigger this? Her father and I are not sleepwalkers.
A. You don’t need to be overly worried. Many typical, healthy kids sleepwalk, without it indicating any psychological or emotional problems. Most toddlers outgrow it. Your daughter is likely more active and imaginative in her sleep now. As long as the home is definitely toddler-proof, you don’t need to drag her back to bed. The general idea is to just go along with her, re-assure her, gently whispering that she is fine and she should head back to bed. If you use a gentle, encouraging voice, most toddlers find their way safely back to bed.